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Why do people use WMA? How does it compare to other codecs? etc., [split from “Windows Media Player 12 VBR Codec?”, thread 99192]
eahm
post Jan 31 2013, 18:44
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Pardon my ignorance and please, this is a real question: why people use WMA? I've hear many people using it and I didn't used once.
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greynol
post Feb 1 2013, 07:25
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It's about as well thought-out as choosing wma as you primary lossy encoder.


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post Feb 2 2013, 06:42
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QUOTE (greynol @ Feb 1 2013, 01:25) *
It's about as well thought-out as choosing wma as you primary lossy encoder.

Ahem. While WMA Standard hasn't been updated in ages, wma pro is fully competitive with any modern codec for file size/transparency. Without providing actual results of extensive listening tests, it outperformed lame, autov vorbis and fhg aac at quality level 50. A user who tends to reside within the microsoft ecosystem would benefit greatly with wma pro as it plays on any zune device, xbox, windows phone or windows pc. It's not a horrible codec to utilize at all. It would seem as though we've exposed a chink in your bipartisan armour?
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post Feb 2 2013, 07:13
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QUOTE (Mach-X @ Feb 1 2013, 23:42) *
...wma pro...plays on any zune device, xbox, windows phone or windows pc. It's not a horrible codec to utilize at all. It would seem as though we've exposed a chink in your bipartisan armour?


All of those devices you've mentioned also support industry-standard codecs like MP3 and AAC. I *believe* the reasons why WMA is unpopular is twofold:

1. Many don't trust using WMA because of Microsoft's track-record of supporting and updating their audio products.

2. iDevices and Android phones are the majority of the market for such codec use. Neither natively supports WMA but both support MP3 and AAC out of the box. (BTW regarding "bipartisan:" greynol is a known user of Windows and, based on previous comments I've read, does not have a lot of love for Apple. Just saying...)

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- eahm   Why do people use WMA? How does it compare to other codecs? etc.   Jan 31 2013, 18:44
- - TheSeven   QUOTE (eahm @ Jan 31 2013, 11:44) Pardon ...   Jan 31 2013, 18:56
|- - eahm   QUOTE (TheSeven @ Jan 31 2013, 10:56) Why...   Jan 31 2013, 19:05
|- - mixminus1   QUOTE (TheSeven @ Jan 31 2013, 10:56) It...   Jan 31 2013, 19:16
||- - TheSeven   QUOTE (mixminus1 @ Jan 31 2013, 12:16) QU...   Jan 31 2013, 19:21
||- - Neuron   QUOTE (TheSeven @ Jan 31 2013, 19:21) Wel...   Jan 31 2013, 20:43
|- - DonP   QUOTE (TheSeven @ Jan 31 2013, 12:56) Why...   Jan 31 2013, 19:50
||- - Banned   QUOTE (DonP @ Jan 31 2013, 19:50) Over th...   Feb 2 2013, 08:27
||- - lvqcl   QUOTE (Banned @ Feb 2 2013, 11:27) FFmpeg...   Feb 2 2013, 09:58
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||- - saratoga   QUOTE (DonP @ Feb 2 2013, 09:31) QUOTE (B...   Feb 3 2013, 19:51
|- - kwanbis   QUOTE (TheSeven @ Jan 31 2013, 17:56) Why...   Feb 2 2013, 18:01
- - pdq   QUOTE (eahm @ Jan 31 2013, 12:44) Pardon ...   Jan 31 2013, 19:05
|- - TheSeven   QUOTE (pdq @ Jan 31 2013, 12:05) QUOTE (e...   Jan 31 2013, 19:15
|- - db1989   QUOTE (TheSeven @ Jan 31 2013, 18:15) Mos...   Jan 31 2013, 19:42
|- - Neuron   QUOTE (TheSeven @ Jan 31 2013, 19:15) QUO...   Jan 31 2013, 20:40
|- - TheSeven   QUOTE http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index......   Feb 1 2013, 04:22
|- - Soap   QUOTE (TheSeven @ Jan 31 2013, 22:22) But...   Feb 1 2013, 04:27
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (TheSeven @ Jan 31 2013, 22:22) But...   Feb 1 2013, 07:20
|- - Neuron   QUOTE (TheSeven @ Feb 1 2013, 04:22) QUOT...   Feb 2 2013, 19:28
- - mixminus1   And what percentage of those "6 billion cell ...   Jan 31 2013, 20:03
- - Engelsstaub   I used to use WMA Lossless when I had a Zune. I ev...   Feb 1 2013, 05:36
- - greynol   It's about as well thought-out as choosing wma...   Feb 1 2013, 07:25
|- - Mach-X   QUOTE (greynol @ Feb 1 2013, 01:25) It...   Feb 2 2013, 06:42
|- - Engelsstaub   QUOTE (Mach-X @ Feb 1 2013, 23:42) ....   Feb 2 2013, 07:13
|- - DonP   QUOTE (Mach-X @ Feb 2 2013, 00:42) A...   Feb 2 2013, 15:21
- - probedb   QUOTE (eahm @ Jan 31 2013, 17:44) Pardon ...   Feb 1 2013, 12:51
- - JunkieXL   Nevermind. My response was stated above. I too s...   Feb 1 2013, 21:30
- - Porcus   I guess that WMA was part of Microsoft's futil...   Feb 2 2013, 05:17
- - Mach-X   I never accused him of loving apple. In fact, from...   Feb 2 2013, 07:52
- - greynol   My post was in reference to how incredibly stupid ...   Feb 2 2013, 08:24
- - Mach-X   Again, the OP asked a simple question 'why use...   Feb 2 2013, 09:05
|- - Porcus   QUOTE (Mach-X @ Feb 2 2013, 09:05) A...   Feb 2 2013, 15:40
- - greynol   What belongs in this discussion is not for you to ...   Feb 2 2013, 09:13
- - Mach-X   Still trying to figure out how I posted in error. ...   Feb 2 2013, 10:13
- - greynol   I'm just happy to be getting all this attentio...   Feb 2 2013, 10:23
- - IgorC   Almost nobody uses WMA here as the poll indicates ...   Feb 2 2013, 19:40
|- - Porcus   Not sure if hydrogenaudio users are representative...   Feb 3 2013, 01:00
- - mavere   WMA just got two full pages of people on HydrogenA...   Feb 3 2013, 04:13
|- - frozenspeed   QUOTE (mavere @ Feb 2 2013, 20:13) WMA ju...   Feb 3 2013, 15:38
|- - db1989   QUOTE (mavere @ Feb 3 2013, 03:13) WMA ju...   Feb 3 2013, 19:10
- - bigidiot   Related thread here: http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/...   Apr 24 2014, 14:18


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